Ben Carson says measles outbreak may come via illegals, congressman agrees

Neurosurgeon and potential 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson told CNN host Jake Tapper on Tuesday that the current measles outbreak in California may be partially due to the open borders policy of the Obama administration.

Bizarrely, Tapper, did his best to make it sound like Republicans as a group are opposed to vaccinations before Carson even got a chance to speak.

“Isn’t exactly what we’re seeing in California right now, this measles outbreak, isn’t this because the people in California have been given the option of opting out?” Tapper asked. “Isn’t this a perfect example of what happens when you don’t mandate it?”

“These are things that we had under control,” Carson replied. “We have to account for the fact that we now have people coming into the country, sometimes undocumented people, who perhaps have diseases that we had under control.”

“Now we need to be doubly vigilant about making sure that we immunize our people to keep them from getting diseases that once were under control,” he added.

Carson’s comments come on the heels of a similar sentiment expressed by Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., during an interview with radio host Matt Murphy Tuesday.

“I don’t think there is any health care professional who has examined the facts who could honestly say that Americans have not died because the disease is brought into America by illegal aliens who are not properly health-care screened as lawful immigrants are,” he said.

“It might be the enterovirus that has a heavy presence in Central and South America that has caused deaths of American children over the past six to nine months,” he added. “It might be this measles outbreak, um, there are any number of things.”

He concluded that while he has sympathy for illegal alien children with these diseases, America must do whatever possible to protect our own citizens.

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